Obama to urge Democrats to vote, citing 'perilous' time for U.S.

08 September, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Obama speaks at the memorial service of Senator John Mc Cain at National Cathedral in Washington Sept. 1 2018

"The status quo pushes back", he said. John McCain, Obama delivered a speech seen as a jab at Trump. "More often, it's manufactured by the powerful and the privileged who want to keep us divided and keep us angry and keep us cynical because it helps them maintain the status quo and keep their power and keep their privilege".

He criticized the divisive politics of the Trump era and took aim at recent Republican policy moves such as the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that ballooned the nation's budget deficit.

It has always been a tradition of ex-presidents, following the example of George Washington, to leave office for a quiet retirement in the background of public life.

Obama's office announced his first round of endorsements earlier this year and the official said his second round will be released in coming weeks.

Then president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with then president-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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While speaking at the University of Illinois, Obama criticized what American politics have become, specifically targeting U.S. President Donald Trump for perpetuating problems.

President Obama speaking to students at the University of IL.

Obama's campaign activity will continue through October and will include fundraising appearances, according to an Obama adviser.

"When We All Vote" is housed in an organization called Civic Advisors, which also handles several post presidential programs Michelle Obama is involved in.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", he said.

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"Now, some of you may think I am exaggerating when I say this election is more important than any I can remember in my lifetime", the Democrat said.

On Thursday, the former president is scheduled to campaign in Cleveland for Richard Cordray's campaign for Ohio Governor.

He has also made a priority of helping individual candidates ingovernors' and state legislative races by working closely with former Attorney General Eric Holder, who has founded a group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is focused on expanding Democratic state power in advance of the next round of congressional gerrymandering.

If Democrats win control of one or both chambers in Congress in November, they would be able not just to stymie Mr Trump's agenda but to launch investigations into the Trump administration.

"You've got to do more than retweet a hashtag, you've got to vote", he said.

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